Tuesday, February 19, 2008
This is EN's debut record. And this is REAL Industrial music. Not that lame "Goth Night" dance garbage that your little sister listens to. It's called Industrial because it's music made with tools from factories, among other things. And it's not for the faint of heart. This record is twenty-eight years old and far scarier than anything ever crapped out by Marilyn Manson or his offspring. It's a challenging but amazing listening experience.
Not only is the music challenging but the lyrics are all sung in German, which just makes everything sound more impenetrable. One thing I love about this record is that it's incredibly noisy and experimental but it's still catchy (to me at least). It's not noise for noise sake. The first track, Tanzdebil, is a perfect example. Then next is Steh Auf Berlin which sounds like various power drills and homemade percussion. But it works, it's an actual song. It's quite obvious that EN were not only doing whatever they wanted but knew what they were doing.
One thing I love is how whenever "Experimental" or "Avant-Garde" music is made fun of it's usually in the style of stern German groups like EN or Kraftwerk. It's almost a cliche when people think of art music like this to picture a weird German guy head to tow in black. I remember back in the day watching Sprockets on SNL and I had no idea who Kraftwerk or EN were but I always thought the music they played on it was cool. In fact I read that like ten years ago or so after Mike Myers bacame huge with Austin Powers he was working on a Sprockets movie but had some fight with the studio and it got buried. It probably would've sucked but I would've loved it. Back to EN and Kollaps. This is a great seminal record and if you think you like "Industrial" music then you definitely need to check this one out to see if you can handle the real deal.